• 02
      Feb
      February Film Feast
        Film buffs from across the Darling Downs will gather on the Empire Church Lawn from February 20-21 for the Empire Theatres third outdoor film festival. Presented by Colin Mackay The Good Guys, February Film Feast is a chance to kick back under the stars for a weekend of feature and short films, live entertainment, children’s workshops and food stalls. The February Film Feast kicks off Saturday 2...
    • 14
      Jan
      Divine Miss Bette Performs Night of Cabaret
        Empire Theatre audiences will be treated to a divine experience on February 12 with the first cabaret performance of year paying tribute to the great Bette Midler. The Divine Miss Bette stars talented and charismatic performer Catherine Alcorn who channels the people’s diva in a one of kind performance in the Armitage Centre. After several sell-out seasons in Australia, The Divine Miss Bette is...
    • 30
      Nov
      Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary - Apply now to receive up to $20,000
      APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for 2016 The Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary. This biennial bursary is worth up to $20,000 and has been made possible through the generosity of the late Brian Boak, a staunch supporter of the performing arts on the Darling Downs. The Brian Boak Bursary is designed to provide support to a person wishing to pursue a program of study or professional development at a...
    • 26
      Nov
      Empire Theatres Launch 2016 Season
      A huge year of diverse and exciting entertainment for local audiences has been unveiled with the launch of the Empire Theatres 2016 Season. Headlining the 2016 Season is the Empire Theatres major in-house production of the high energy song and dance spectacular, Legally Blonde the Musical. Empire Theatres General Manager, Kerry Saul said Legally Blonde the Musical, proudly supported by Heritage...
    • 19
      Oct
      Legally Blonde The Musical Auditions
      Auditions for Legally Blonde are ongoing with opportunities for on-stage cast (particularly male roles) still available. An open call for interested parties will be held this Sunday from 10am-1pm with NO APPLICATION necessary. Come along and try your luck with your favourite song!For any enquires or to complete an application, visit our Auditions page, call Claire Bourke on 0416 048 636 or conta...
    • 22
      Sep
      Bangarra Dance Theatre Perform Kinship at Empire Theatre
      The acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre brings their deeply moving and powerful program Kinship to the Empire Theatre for one night only on October 17. Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page says the regional tour for Kinship had been well received with audiences very enthusiastic about the show. “This is a special time of year for us as we love going on the road and performing in regional art...
    • 11
      Sep
      Queensland Pops Orchestra Brings the Best of Celtic Music
      Queensland Pops Orchestra’s magnificent concert spectacular, A Celtic Gathering will combine music from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the broader Celtic nations in one show on October 11. Lead by new Musical Director Patrick Pickett and special guest artists, Gregory Moore and soprano Lisa Lockland-Bell, the show features the Queensland Police Pipes and Drums, The Thistle Highland Dancers and W...
    • 08
      Sep
      RocKwiz cast visit Empire Theatre
      The hosts of RocKwiz dropped in to the Empire Theatre on Tuesday to promote RocKwiz Live Salutes the ARIA Hall of Fame  Queen of the Quiz, Julia Zemiro and Rock Brain, Brian Nankervis were in Toowoomba ahead of their October 25 live performance.  The show will features some Australian music legends performing thier hites, alongside the best and brightest contemporary artsits interpreting genuine...
    • 01
      Sep
      A tribute to Judy and Liza at the Armitage Centre
      Legendary mother and daughter duo, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli will come to life once again at the Empire Theatre’s Armitage Centre on October 7. Talented singer and story-teller Martine Pavey presents Judy and Liza, a musical tribute to two unforgettable, glittering and beloved entertainers of the last century, who just happened to be mother and daughter. From the halls of MGM to the stage a...
    • 25
      Aug
      Circa bring Hopscotch to Empire Theatre
      Award winning circus company Circa bring their fast and energetic show to the Empire Theatre’s Armitage Centre on September 21. Combining vigorous tumbling, cheeky gameplay and sublime aerial work, Circa’s Hopscotch explores tender and playful relationships through contemporary circus, taking the audiences on a surreal journey of jaw-dropping acrobatics. Intricate and lyrical, this daring new cre...
    • 18
      Aug
      USQ Graduate presents hilarious original cabaret
      A former University of Southern Queensland student will delve into the ‘trauma’ of first world problems in a hilarious original cabaret performed in the Empire Church Theatre on September 5. Created by USQ graduate, Judy Hainsworth, #FirstWorldWhiteGirls is a funny and self-indulgent exploration of first world problems, complete with catchy songs, audience sing-alongs and on-stage cat fights. Fea...
    • 11
      Aug
      Choral Society Bring Evita to Empire Theatre
      The Toowoomba Choral Society will take their audience on a journey to Argentina as they bring the life story of Eva Peron to the Empire stage. Starring Toowoomba performer and singing teacher Jess Berwick as Eva Peron, Evita is the rags to riches story of Argentina’s first lady from her life as a fatherless child to actress to a woman of power and acclaim.   Evita also stars Toowoomba Choral So...
    • 04
      Aug
      Cowgirl and Showgirl pair up for unique show
      Renowned country music singer Beccy Cole has teamed up with acclaimed cabaret and jazz performer Libby O’Donovan for the unique show, The Cowgirl and The Showgirl at the Empire Theatre on September 11. The Cowgirl and The Showgirl combines the talents of Beccy and Libby creating a fusion of two sassy, funny, engaging and explosive entertainers. From the energetic humour and honesty of Beccy Cole t...
    • 28
      Jul
      Bell Shakespeare Brings Timeless Tragedy to Empire Stage
       Renowned theatre company, Bell Shakespeare, returns to the Empire Theatre on September 2 after more than a decade, presenting stage favourite and popular tragedy, Hamlet.  Acclaimed director Damien Ryan delivers this production of Hamlet off the back of his award winning production of Henry V in 2014.  Hamlet is a detailed family portrait in the political landscape of a ‘rotten’ Denmark, a countr...
    • 21
      Jul
      Drama Workshops Return for Term Three
      After the success of Semester One, Empire Youth Arts drama workshops are back again for Term Three. Classes begin on Wednesday, July 22 with four levels available to students, including Drama Starter for ages 7-9, Drama One for ages 10-12, Drama Two for ages 13-15 & Drama Plus for those 16 and above. Empire Youth Arts Facilitator Ari Palani said the addition of the Drama Starter option for...
    • 21
      Jul
      Queensland Symphony Orchestra Brings Movie Magic
      Bring the whole family, sit back and share the magic of classical music from the big screen with Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Movie Masterpieces on August 21. It’s hard to imagine great movies without their equally great soundtracks. Modern composers have set the tone for countless films, including John Williams for Star Wars and the Harry Potter series, or Ennio Morricone for The Mission fro...
    • 14
      Jul
      Musical Theatre Veteran Graces Empire Stage
       One of Australia’s most celebrated entertainers, Peter Cousens will take to the Empire Theatre stage on August 8 for show of musical theatre favourites. As the only Australian performer to have played The Phantom on London’s West End, Peter Cousen’s long and illustrious career will be celebrated in his newest show, My Musical Life. Singing the best of Peter Allen and Billy Joel as well as highli...
    • 14
      Jul
      Back to the Tivoli Entertains August Morning Melodies
      The Empire Theatres popular Morning Melodies returns on August 20, with the popular variety show, Back to the Tivoli hosted by Wayne Cornell. The show features four diverse and talented acts as well as the Tivoli Band and Tivoli Showgirls including incredible soprano Cassandra Seidaman. Joining her is magician Cody Harrington, comedian Liz Layton, and award winning country music duo Aubrey and...
    • 07
      Jul
      Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase is back again!
       The Sydney Comedy Festival has hand-picked the funniest comedians from the 2015 festival and are hitting the road to bring an all-star comedy showcase to the Empire Theatre on Thursday 23 July. Boasting a line-up of the best local and international comics and showcasing some of the funniest and freshest emerging talents, you will be left sore from belly laughs due to this jam packed night of ...
    • 07
      Jul
      Comedy Hypnotist Matt Hale Visits Armitage Centre
        Hypnosis like you have never seen it before will come to the Empire Theatres Armitage Centre with The Matt Hale Comedy Hypnosis Show on Wednesday 29 July. This show combines all the fun of total audience participation with the incredible abilities of the mind, turning the traditional hypnosis show on its head.  Matt Hale is one of Australia’s finest comedy stage hypnotists and has designed his...